“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 2:3
Soldiers who have fought in battles say that when bullets start flying the mind goes blank and switches to autopilot. This is where proper training is of paramount importance. Soldiers cannot be expected to be effective in battle if they have been shown something only once. They must be drilled in military skills until those skills become second nature. Then when the bullets start flying, trained soldiers will automatically respond with the
appropriate action or manoeuvre without conscious thought of what should be done.
The Bible has a lot to say about soldiers. There are many battles in the Christian way of life. At any moment we may suddenly find ourselves attacked for our beliefs. When the bullets start flying, if we are not prepared we will not have an appropriate answer to defend our faith.
“No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits,
since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”
2 Timothy 2:4
When suddenly put on the spot, it is natural for our mind to go blank. At moments like these we are only as good as our training. If we, as Christian soldiers, are not properly prepared we will most likely be sitting ducks in the spiritual-war. But if our soul is
inculcated with God’s Word, we will have ready answers to defend our faith and in the process capture a few prisoners keen to defect.
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”